Beijing denied attempting to interfere in the US presidential election on Friday after American tech giant Microsoft parried cyberattacks by foreign groups – including from China – against the Republican and Democratic campaigns.
Microsoft warned against having discovered attempts to influence elections from overseas, including Russia, Iran and the China-based “Zirconium”, which was directed against people connected to the election campaign of Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
But China denied the claim, accusing Microsoft of “making up” and “causing trouble”.
“The US presidential election is a US internal matter,” said Zhao Lijian, spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
“We are not interested in interfering and we have never interfered.”
China and the United States are caught in a far-reaching power struggle that has to do with trade, the origins of the coronavirus, defense ambitions and technical security.
Washington has called Chinese technology firms – from Huawei to Tik Tok – as state actors for the Chinese Communist Party, Beijing claims, and the companies vehemently deny this.
Zhao returned fire on Friday, warning that the world should instead be on “high alert” if American tech companies “install back doors” and collect personal information for security services.
Following the US presidential election in two months’ time, Twitter, Google and Facebook have all announced that they are stepping up protections to curb the spread of misinformation.
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